How does the grey taxi market works in Moscow
A journalist of NTV TV Channel conducted an experiment to find out how easy it is to become a taxi driver without a license, to show how does this grey market works and whether the client can protect himself.
What does it takes to register as a taxi driver? Driver's license, car documents and a phone application. You’ll need to make photos of your car from the inside and outside. But what should you do if you have no waybill or license? Turns out it's not a big deal if you know where to go.
There are hundreds of closed groups in messengers, where you can find people, who are ready to deal with documents and to connect you to the largest Russian aggregators. Moreover, you don't even have to go to a taxi park to pass all the checks, so a fake account with a fictional name can be created and immediately registered in a fictional taxi park. These people don’t care about the illegal things that can be done by such drivers.
After that, these taxi companies issue questionable documents to drivers and send them to work. At the same time, branded stickers are not an indicator of reliability.
The public was the first to start talking about the fake accounts. The aggregators are constantly trying to improve the system of protection, but the illegals keep finding some loopholes. According to Moscow Automobile and Road Construction State Technical University (MADI), more than 12 thousand violations have been registered among taxi drivers in Moscow since the beginning of this year.